Thursday, June 9, 2011

Potato Salad with all the Trimmings!

One day when I was boiling some new potatoes for dinner I had some extra  vinaigrette I had made for a salad, I added it to the potatoes instead of using butter - and loved it.  This salad grew from there.

With the temperatures soaring into the 100's I'm always looking for cooling salads, but also something substantial that will keep us going  throughout the day. This is a popular dish around my house, I usually make quite a large amount so I can nibble on it for lunch the next day. 

The ingredients list here is really more of a suggestion, there are so many lovely alternatives to put in.  The base is really the potatoes and dressing, then it's up to you.  Sometimes I add some good quality canned tuna, or feta cheese, or asparagus. I used fennel today - I love the flavor and find it refreshing on a very hot day. Use what you love. 

1 1/2lbs of small new potatoes (red or white or a mixture)
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 large handful of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
3 sticks of celery finely chopped
1 large handful of green beans, cut in quarters
a scattering of black olives
2 tablespoons of capers
A couple of handfuls of fresh herbs (I used mint in this)
Zest of a lemon

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard (countryside or original)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar (or your favorite vinegar)
salt and pepper
6 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil

Put the water on to boil for the potatoes.  While you are waiting chop the celery and tomatoes, slice the fennel and place in a large bowl.  Add the olives, capers and a handful of herbs and lemon zest.

To make the vinaigrette place the ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined.

When the potatoes are almost cooked add the beans to the pan and cook until crisp. Don't overcook the potatoes or beans. Drain, add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.  Pour over the dressing and gently mix together.  Check seasoning and add another handful of freshly chopped herbs and a final squeeze of lemon. 

Serve immediately or later at room temperature.


  1. I love new potatoes! What a wonderful version of a potato salad... My husband and I would love this. All the ingredients are fabulous - especially the fennel & capers! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Wow this sounds so lovely, especially with the fennel. You make it looks so tasty, I'm always looking for things to do with the potatoes in our veg box.

  3. Oh my goodness, this looks beautiful! Great job, anne

  4. Great potato salad! This looks fresh and delicious, perfect for a summer snack :)

  5. It looks and sounds FANTASTIC!

  6. Ah, it is potato salad weather here in DC too.

  7. What a gorgeous potato salad! I love that you didn't use any mayonnaise.

  8. I will be adding this to my list of potatoe salad recipes...I know it must be delicious and your picture is very inviting to my pallet.
    Thanks for sharing another one of your great recipes...

  9. Great and colorful salad!Well done,dear Mary!

  10. You are now speaking the southern language! Potato Salad is like the best thing in the world- alongside my old bakery's chicken salad. My it looks so good and fresh. I can't wait to try it!

  11. Potato Salad! It IS that time of year isn't it! My MIL adores her German potato salad but I have actually never made it. Thanks for a really good recipe.

  12. This looks delicious! What a great potato salad recipe. And I love anything that provides me with a few days of lunches. I'm absolutely challenged when it comes to lunch, so leftovers are always wonderful! And I have to try fennel...

  13. this looks delish! I make something similar and I think these type of potato salads are so much lighter than the traditional with mayo, thanks, Chris

  14. It looks great! I love all the trimmings. And I think I will do a version of it tonight, I have potatoes waiting to be used up!

  15. Sorry about double commenting, Mary! I just wanted to let you know that I've left you a few awards on my blog. You can find them here -


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